Well, at least two writers in liberal publications, and likely more coming. According to the Washington Free Beacon, writers at the Huffington Post and The Daily Beast published pieces within hours of each other on Wednesday saying that Biden’s creepy behavior with women should disqualify him from consideration.
And that was before the Al Franken scandal broke and one day after California Democrat Rep. Jackie Speier claimed that $15 million in taxpayer money had been paid out to sexual harassment victims at the hands of congressmen.
According to Roll Call, Speier told the House Administration Committee she was aware of two current members of Congress — one Democrat, one Republican — who had committed sexual harassment. In Erin Gloria Ryan’s piece for The Daily Beast (“Dear Lord Would Joe Biden Be a Terrible Candidate for These Times”), Ryan noted that the “Uncle Joe” persona that had grown up around Obama’s second-in-command had a dark side to it.
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“While Joe Biden has been jokingly depicted as a kooky uncle or Obama’s wacky sidekick or Leslie Knope’s grin-flashing celebrity crush, he’s also got a troubling history of acting weird in public around women who don’t seem entirely on board,” Ryan wrote.
“This isn’t just based on whispers or rumors; there are so many photos and clips of Biden looming over, or massaging, or gently nuzzling, or whispering to, or kissing women and girls who don’t seem all that into it. For awhile, a few years ago, it was a bit of a meme. Gawker wrote on it. So did The Washington Post. And there are plenty of YouTube ‘Creepy Joe Biden’ compilations, in case you want to spend the next hour or so feeling vicariously mortified.”
HuffPo’s piece, written by Washington Bureau Chief Amanda Terkel (“Joe Biden 2020 Is A Terrible Idea In A Post-Weinstein America”), focuses mostly on what Terkel sees as Biden’s refusal to give proper shrift to Anita Hill’s accusations against then-Supreme Court nominee Clarence Thomas during the infamous 1991 congressional hearings on the matter.
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